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According to Loose Cannons, Red Herrings, and Other Lost Metaphors by Robert Claiborne, an adjective was coined because a plant found on an island caused facial convulsions that resembled scornfully mocking laughter; what was the adjective and what was the island?

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Answer: sardonic and Sardinia

According to Claiborne, the Greeks called the plant sardonion, plant from Sardinia.

If you ate it, you would make facial convulsions that resembled sardonic (scornfully or cynically mocking) laughter — and then you would die.

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